by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 1, 2018
The 86 best hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, cafes, tours, neighborhoods, and things to do in Paris, France.
1. Shangri-La • 16th • $$$$
The top luxury hotel in Paris, and a historic landmark. Set in the former residence of Napoleon’s grandnephew, with gilded ceilings and views of the Eiffel Tower and Seine. Located in the posh 16th, walking distance to the Eiffel Tower and great museums.
Review of Shangri-La Paris • map • +33 1 53 67 19 98
2. Four Seasons Hotel George V • 8th • $$$$
Steps away from the Champs-Élysées and some of the most exclusive shopping in Paris. Rooms are decorated in a Louis XVI style, and there’s a gorgeous marble courtyard to enjoy in the summer.
Review of The Four Seasons George V • map • +33 1 49 52 70 00
3. Mandarin Oriental • 1st • $$$$
Luxury property in the super central 1st arrondissement, just a hop from the Louvre, Place Vendôme, and Jardin des Tuileries. Great for families: the hotel organizes special activities for kids.
Review of the Mandarin Oriental Paris • map • +33 1 70 98 78 88
4. The Peninsula • 16th • $$$$
High tech rooms with a modern, luxe feel. Rooftop dining or drinks gives you an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower. Located in a quiet part of the 16th, yet only a short stroll to the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.
Review of the Peninsula Paris • map • +33 1 58 12 28 88
5. Le Bristol • 8th • $$$$
Classic Paris hotel with a country house feel, thanks to the its 1200 sq. ft. garden, swimming pool, and handpicked antiques purchased from the Louvre. Central and upscale location in the 8th (just down the street from the Presidential Palace) and set among the chic shops of Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. Super near the Grand Palais, and an easy stroll to Champs-Élysées.
Review of Le Bristol Paris • map • +33 1 53 43 43 00
6. Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel • 15th • $$$
Solid mid-range hotel in which many rooms have a direct view of the Eiffel Tower. Quiet and sound-proofed. Located on the border of the 7th, less than 5 minutes to the river and Eiffel Tower, and close to public transport.
Review of Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel • map • +33 825 80 17 17
7. Best Western Aramis Saint Germain • 6th • $$
Good value hotel in a great 6th Arr. location. A 7-minute stroll to the Luxembourg Gardens, and an easy walk to the shops, restaurants, and sights of Saint Germain.
Review of Best Western Aramis Saint-Germain • map • +33 1 45 48 03 75
8. Hotel Chopin • 9th • $$
Charming and affordable hotel inside one of Paris’s oldest covered galleries. Centrally located on the border of the 2nd arrondissement, walking distance to Galeries Lafayette, the Louvre, and great metro connections.
Review of Hotel Chopin Paris • map • +33 1 47 70 58 10
9. Relais Christine • 6th • $$$
Romantic boutique hotel tucked away off a cobblestone street near a lively part of Saint Germain. If budget is not an issue, book one of the suites and you’ll have a private terrace which opens directly onto the hotel garden. Easy walk to the river and Notre Dame.
Review of Relais Christine Paris • map • +33 1 40 51 60 80
10. Grand Hotel du Palais Royal • 1st • $$$
Hidden gem just off the Palais Royale in the 1st arrondisement. Small boutique hotel, great for sightseers or a romantic getaway. Walking distance to the Louvre, Tuilleries Gardens and other major sites.
Review of Grand Hotel du Palais Royal • map • +33 1 42 96 15 35
11. Hotel des Grands Boulevards • 2nd • $$$
Trendy new boutique hotel by one of France’s top designers. Rooms have a cool vibe, and the ground floor patio has a top notch cocktail bar and a glass-enclosed restaurant with great food. Located near the Grands Boulevards metro, a short walk to major sights and lots of transport connections.
Review of Hotel des Grands Boulevards Paris • map • +33 1 85 73 33 33
12. Off Paris Seine • 13th • $$$
The first floating hotel in Paris. Built on a barge docked along the Seine, the vibe is hip and young, with a full bar and lap pool right on the water. In the yet-to-be discovered 13th, near lots of riverside local bars and music venues and a short walk to the metro.
Review of Off Paris Seine • map • +33 1 44 06 62 65
13. Maison Souquet • 9th • $$$
Luxe and edgy boutique property that provides you your own butler. On the border of Montmartre and up-and-coming South Pigalle. Steps to the Moulin Rouge, public transport, great nightlife, and bars. A short stroll to Sacré-Cœur and the panoramic views of Montmartre.
Review of Maison Souquet • map • +33 1 48 78 55 55
14. Le Mary Celeste • 3rd • $$
Hip, fun vibe with excellent cocktails. Though they are known as an oyster bar, you can make a meal of the regularly changing small plates that range from veal tartare with harissa and anchovy mayo to braised lamb with pickled rhubarb. Great place to start the night and then move on to nearby bars in the Marais. • map • +33 1 42 77 98 37
15. Clown Bar • 11th • $$$
Worth the hype restaurant with a focus on small plates and natural wines. Menu changes regularly. Cool Belle Époque space in the 11th with a casual, hip, foodie crowd. Near the circus (hence the name) so you might see an elephant walking by. Book in advance. • map • +33 1 43 55 87 35
16. Bouillon Chartier • 9th • $$
The Belle Époque dining room, old school waiters who write your order on white paper table clothes, and the traditional French fare are what people line up for. It’s worth the wait given the reasonable prices. Great for families. • map • +33 1 47 70 86 29
17. Bistrot Paul Bert • 11th • $$$
Classic, consistent, and impeccable French bistro in the 11th. The best place to have French standbys like steak frites, oysters with mignonette sauce, steak tartare or soufflé au Grand Marnier. • map • +33 1 43 72 24 01
18. Polidor • 6th • $$
The menu or décor hasn’t changed much since Hemingway ate here, which is why it remains a popular choice for people seeking cheap and hearty dishes like leg of lamb, beef bourguignon, and blood sausage. • map • +33 1 43 26 95 34
19. Le Grand 8 • 18th • $$$
Neighborhood gem off a pretty tree-lined street behind the Sacré-Cœur. Beautiful views and traditional French food make it worth the trek up into the hills of Montmartre. • map • +33 1 42 55 04 55
20. David Toutain • 7th • $$$$
Innovative, adventurous take on French cooking. Exceptional execution with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Choose between several tasting menus, which change regularly, and expect to be surprised. Pricey, but worth it. • map • +33 1 45 50 11 10
21. yam’Tcha • 1st • $$$$
Chinese influenced modern French cooking. Tasting menus come with a unique tea pairing option. One of the top tables in Paris and difficult to book. Try for lunch or stop by their boutique around the corner for steamed bao. Both are located in the 1st. • map • +33 1 40 26 08 07
22. Le Cinq • 8th • $$$$
Top notch service, outstanding food and a wine list as thick as a phone book make this 3 star Michelin restaurant perfect for special occasions. Dress code. Inside the Four Seasons Hotel George V – if you’re a hotel guest, you can visit the 50,000+ bottle wine cellar. • map • +33 1 49 52 71 54
23. Juveniles • 1st • $$
Cozy wine shop turned bistro with solid food, reasonable prices, good service, and of course great wine. Small, bustling dining room with welcoming, English speaking staff. • map • +33 1 42 97 46 49
24. Semilla • 6th • $$$
Modern French fare in a refined, casual setting. Regularly changing menu focused on high quality, well sourced ingredients. Excellent wine list and friendly English speaking staff. • map • +33 1 43 54 34 50
25. Septime • 11th • $$$$
Unfussy and non-pretentious contemporary French cooking in a beautiful, simple space. Reasonably-priced for a Michelin-starred spot; also voted one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Great service. Very hard to book but worth the effort. If you can’t get in, Septime has spawned a few offshoots in this part of the 11th – notably their wine bar and seafood joint Clamato. • map • +33 1 43 67 38 29
26. Le Chateaubriand • 11th • $$$$
Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top restaurants, this spare and casual space serves a different tasting menu every night. In an unassuming part of the 11th, Le Chateaubriand was one of the first restaurants to establish this arrondissement as a foodie destination. • map • +33 1 43 57 45 95
27. Le Bon Marché • 7th
Upscale and pricey department store with high end luxury clothing, furniture, and cosmetics. Large gourmet supermarket and wine cellar next door. Beautiful space, in the 7th near the border of Saint Germain. • map
28. Avenue Montaigne • 8th
Along with the Champs-Élysées and Avenue George V, this makes up the Golden Triangle of luxury shopping. Exclusive luxury brands like Dior, Gucci, Givenchy all have a shop on this street. • map
29. Le Marais • 3rd, 4th
Area for hip and trendy boutiques. A mix of French and international designers with mostly smaller boutiques vs. department stores. Best streets are Rue de Rosier, Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, and Rue du Temple. • map
30. Galeries Lafayette • 9th
The most popular department store with tourists in search of famous French brands like Louis Vuitton and Cartier. There’s a range of price points represented, with lots of options for clothing, housewares, gourmet foods, and wine. • map
31. BHV • 4th
Favored by Parisians, this one stop shop has nearly everything under one roof – from a hardware store to an onsite cooking school to many of the top fashion brands. Hip clothing and accessories with multiple styles and price points. • map
32. E. Dehillerin • 1st
The selection of cookware at E. Dehillerin is vast and overwhelming, but fun to browse. Choose from old school copper pans, professional grade knives or unique gifts like an antique butter curler. • map
33. Shakespeare + Co Bookstore • 5th
Legendary English language bookstore that was a favorite of Hemmingway, Ginsburg and Burroughs. Beautiful location on the Seine near the Place Saint Michel. If it gets too crowded, head to the new café next door. • map
34. Deyrolle • 7th
Unusual shop devoted to taxidermy with hundreds of stuffed exotic animals on display and for sale. Everything from giraffes to safari animals to pristine collections of insects and butterflies. Beautiful reprints of botanical posters are available too – just like the kind that used to hang in French schoolrooms. • map
35. Maison Beaufrere • 6th
The most beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements in Paris. Gilles Sieg-Beaufrere has a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, something akin to having a Michelin star for outstanding artisanship. Inside the Marché Saint Germain. • map
36. Maison Bremond 1830 • 9th
Formerly known as Première Pression Provence, this shop is a great source for foodie gifts, especially from the South of France. Think artisanal French olive oils (in handy to travel cans), gorgeous olive wood bowls and regional specialties like herbes de Provence, jars of tapenades or terrines with lavender. • map
37. Merci • 3rd
Chic and stylish collection of clothing, housewares, furniture, and accessories in this multi-level space in the Marais that feels like an art gallery. • map
38. Gérard Mulot • 6th
Given a knighthood in pastry from the Prime Minister, Mulot produces some of the finest croissants, pain au chocolat, and macarons in France. Try the strawberry and champagne flavor. His baguettes of tradition are excellent, too. Two locations are around the corner from each other in Saint Germain, one being a sit down tea salon and the other a quick serve bakery with lunch options. • map
39. Pierre Hermé • 1st, 2nd, 6th
Voted World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016. Creative macarons like chocolate and foie gras (available at Christmas) put him on the map but it’s his signature “Ispahan” – a blend of rosewater, raspberry and lychee – that are worth standing on line for. Multiple locations.
40. Blé Sucré • 12th
People cross town for the croissants here, but the madeleines and baguettes deserve top billing too. A bit out of the way for most in the 12th arrondissement, it’s worth the trek – and you can enjoy your pastries in the pretty Square Trousseau next door. • map
41. Tout Autour du Pain (formerly 134 rdt) • 3rd
Former winner of the Best Croissant in Paris AND placed in the top ten for the Best Baguette in the city. There are two locations in the Marais, one at 134 Rue de Turenne and another nearby on rue de Saintonge. If one is closed, there will be directions for how to get to the other. • map
42. Patrice Chapon • 6th, 7th, 16th
The man who used to make ice cream for the Queen of England now channels those talents towards his single origin chocolate mousses. Or go for one of his award winning chocolates like the dôme au sel which combines caramelized pistachios and a bit of smoked salt. Multiple Paris locations, but the one on Rue du Bac offers the largest selection. • map
43. Patrick Roger • 6th, 8th
One of the best chocolate makers in France as well as a talented sculptor. To get the full experience, visit the Saint Germain location next to the Saint Sulpice Church, try the basil lemon chocolate (one of his most original flavors), and then head upstairs to browse his art gallery. • map
44. Arnaud Lahrer • 6th, 18th
He’s the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” of pastry (akin to having a Michelin star), and voted to have the best tarte citron in Paris. He also has some hard to find regional pastries such as kouign-amann (like a croissant on steroids from Brittany) and kugelhopf (an Alsatian pastry that’s sort of a cross between a brioche and bundt cake). The Saint Germain location might be more convenient, but the shop in the 18th has a full service tea salon. • map
45. Pâtisserie des Rêves • 7th, 15th, 16th
Cotton candy pink inside, this place is like a mini museum with pastries displayed artfully under glass cloche. Known for their Paris-Brest. Multiple locations, but the boutique on Rue du Bac in the 7th puts you close to some of the best chocolate and pastry shops in town. • map
46. Un Dimanche à Paris • 6th
Unique concept store devoted to pastry and chocolates with an onsite pastry school, tea salon, boutique, and cocktail lounge. Pick up one of their incredible chocolate éclairs, or try their hot chocolate in winter. On Cours du Commerce Saint-André in Saint Germain, one of the most charming passages from the 1700s. • map
47. Maison Éric Kayser • 1st, 2nd, 5th
Though you can now find Maison Kaysers across the globe, this is not a low quality chain. The man responsible for reintroducing artisanal bread to France in the 1990s has supplied past presidents and top restaurants with his baguettes of tradition (aka baguette Monge). There are many locations, but go to the one that started it all – 8 rue Monge in the Latin Quarter. • map
48. Gontran Cherrier • 17th, 18th
Known for his traditional baguettes with a twist (think unusual ingredients like squid ink or curry). Though he has a few Paris locations, most people stop in at the one in Montmartre. • map
49. Jacques Genin • 3rd, 7th
Jacques Genin built his reputation as the chocolate supplier to Paris’s top luxury hotels, but his caramels (like the mango passionfruit) have almost a cult following. There are two locations in Paris, but the one in the Marais has the advantage of being a full service café. • map
50. L’Avant Comptoir • 6th
This fun, shoebox sized wine bar is standing room only. The cramped quarters at the Odeon location encourage conversation with your neighbors while you nosh on small plates of Spanish-inspired fare. If you want a table, head to the larger and newer location in the Marché Saint Germain. • map
51. Freddy’s • 6th
Casual and relaxed, welcoming bi-lingual staff. Low-key sister restaurant to the more refined Semilla next door. Focus on small plates with an excellent curated wine list. In a bustling part of Saint Germain. • map
52. Frenchie Bar à Vin • 2nd
Most people know the wine bar as the place to go when you can’t score a reservation at the months-in-advance-booked Frenchie, but it stands on its own. Rotating menu, relaxed vibe, solid wine list. Go early to grab a table. In the 2nd, not far from the market street Rue Montorgueil. • map
53. Le Baron Rouge • 12th
Lively and raucous in the evenings, or on Sundays after the nearby market winds down. Carafes of wine are poured directly from the large wooden barrels in the main room, or you can even bring your own empty bottles for wine to go. Its 12th arrondissement location ensures that the vibe is unpretentious and locals only. • map
54. Coinstot Vino • 2nd
Known for its natural wines, this bar/restaurant has a well-worn charm that attracts a mixed Parisian crowd of wine industry types, neighborhood locals, and the occasional tourist strolling through the historic Passages des Panoramas. After the gates to the Passage have been closed, the late night crowd skews younger and hipper. • map
55. Legrand Filles et Fils • 2nd
One of the oldest wine cellars in Paris. With a stunning location in the beautiful Passages Vivienne in the 2nd arrondissement, its refined atmosphere is ideal for serious oenophiles. Great selection of wines by the glass. • map
56. Verjus Bar à Vin • 1st
The wine bar of the much loved restaurant Verjus. Expect a rotating wine list and small plates which straddles the line between French and fusion. Steps from the Palais Royale in the 1st arrondissement. • map
57. Aux Deux Amis • 11th
Bare bones wine bar, popular with chefs on their night off and fashionistas from the nearby Marais. The mostly Parisian crowd goes for the hipster scene, rotating menu of small plates and natural wines. • map
Drinks with a View
58. Georges • 4th
Panoramic view from the top of the Centre Pompidou. Swanky restaurant and café with a great outdoor terrace. • map
59. Le Perchoir • 11th
Fun rooftop bar with a young, hip vibe in the un-touristy 11th . Solid cocktails, very popular in the summer (expect a line to get in) with views of northeastern Paris and Sacré-Coeur. • map
60. La Terrasse at Galeries Lafayette • 9th
Rooftop bar of the Galeries Lafayette department store; touristy but worth it for a view of all the major monuments without having to pay an entrance fee or queue for hours. The bar is open all year round with a large terrace in the summer and heated “igloos” in the winter. • map
61. Terrasse de l’Hôtel Raphael • 16th
Exclusive rooftop terrace in the 16th with a panoramic view of both the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Drinks are pricey. Open from May – September. • map
62. Les Berges de Seine • 7th
A riverside greenspace between the Musee D’Orsay and Pont Alma offers several outdoor bar options – or just bring your own bottle and lounge next to the gorgeous Pont Alexandre III with the Grand Palais just across. Popular hangout for summer picnics. • map
Food and Flea Markets
63. Marché Saint Germain • 6th
This covered market has some of the highest quality purveyors of cheese, fish, produce, and meat in Paris. The best part of the market is the wine shop Bacchus + Ariane. Locals frequent B+A for a glass of wine after work, but anyone can bring their own food from the market and (for a small corkage fee) have a picnic on the terrace. • map
64. Marché d’Aligre • 12th
Off the beaten track market in the 12th that highlights Paris’s diversity. There are two sections to the market – the food stalls with lots of choices for produce, spices, and non-French foods, and a flea market section with cheap second hand items. Open every day except Mondays. Next to the popular covered market Marché Beauvau. • map
65. Bastille Market • 11th
One of the biggest markets in Paris, with approximately a hundred stalls. Impressive selection of produce, fish, local cheeses, and free range chicken at affordable prices. Busy and bustling, the emphasis is on food, but there are a few stalls that sell handcrafts, housewares, and clothing. On Saturdays the market is exclusively devoted to arts and crafts. • map
66. Marché des Enfants Rouges • 3rd
This popular market in the Marais, a mix of farmers market and food stalls, is at its best on Saturday mornings. Local vibe and something for everyone. Dining options include a Moroccan traiteur known for its couscous or the popular crepe producer who sings while you wait on line. Nearby tables are available to eat at while other stalls operate more like a formal restaurant. • map
67. Marché Raspail • 6th
About 40 vendors make up this farmers market that specializes in high quality producers – and strictly organic producers on Sundays. Operates three times a week along the Boulevard Raspail. • map
68. Marché Anvers • 9th
One of the few markets that operates in the evening, this local gem sits next to a park with views of the Sacré-Cœur, and hosts some excellent producers from the Paris region. The market starts around 7pm every Friday. • map
69. Marché aux Puces de Vanves • 14th
Flea market in Paris where you can still find some good deals. Different price points and lots to choose from – high end furniture, electronics, used housewares, vintage clothing and artwork. • map
70. Les Puces de Saint-Ouen • Saint-Ouen
The biggest and most well-known flea market in Paris. Entire blocks devoted to antiques; mid-Century modern, vintage items, books, art, clothes, posters, you name it. Don’t expect to find any great bargains here, but its fun for spending the day. Just outside Paris but accessible by the line 4 metro. • map
71. Explore the Covered Passages • Various Locations
Glass and iron roofed arcades from another era. Constructed as early as 1790 with marble and elaborate woodwork, these ornate shopping galleries house a fantastic mix of vintage book and antique shops, funky furniture stores, and some excellent wine bars and restaurants. Most are in the 2nd arrondissement near the metro Grands Boulevards.
72. Paris by Mouth Food Tour • Various Locations
Sample the best of the city’s pastries, breads, cheeses, chocolates, and charcuterie from award winning producers. Tours are designed to showcase the food highlights of each neighborhood, finishing up with a wine pairings for the foods picked up along the way.
73. Fat Tire Bike Tour • 15th
Morning and evening rides take you through the city, past most of the well-known landmarks. Day trips to Versailles and Giverny to visit Monet’s garden are also available. The pace is relaxed and leisurely to accommodate all ages and fitness levels. They have kid-sized bikes, too, so they’re great for families.
74. Cruise on the Seine • Various Locations
Lots of options ranging from a 1 hour boat tour that glides past most of the major sites, to romantic dinner cruises with champagne, to kid-themed versions. Some even offer live music, all offer guided commentary. A few popular companies are Vedettes du Pont Neuf and Bateaux Mouches.
75. La Dernière Goutte Wine Class • 6th
Intro classes for aspiring oenophiles cover basics like grape regions and varietals, then go deeper to understand how to taste and talk about wines using common terms. Based out of a popular, American-owned wine shop. • map
76. Tuileries Gardens • 1st
Family-friendly park next to the Louvre. Lots of activities ranging from carnival rides in the summer to in-ground trampolines and a duck pond. Adults can check out modern photography at the Jeu de Paume or L’Orangerie’s massive Water Lilies painting by Claude Monet. • map
77. The Louvre • 1st
Don’t expect to see all of it in one visit, it’s simply too big. You’re better off planning for the particular pieces you want to see. Count on it to be crowded, especially around the Mona Lisa, so be prepared for lots of people or visit in the evening on Wednesday or Friday, when it stays open until 9:45pm. • map
78. Musée d’Orsay • 7th
Wonderful collections of Impressionist and post-Impressionist works from Van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir. More manageable than the Louvre and less crowded. In a stunning Belle Époque building that was a former train station. • map
79. Hot Air Balloon Ride • 15th
The largest hot air balloon in the world operates inside the Parc André Citroën in the 15th arrondissement. The ride only lasts about 10 minutes, but you won’t have to fight any crowds and there are multiple trips up daily. • map
80. Saint Germain
Classic Paris neighborhood with some of the city’s best shopping, restaurants and wine bars. In between the lively Latin Quarter and more residential 7th.
Best Stuff: Semilla (refined yet casual French modern restaurant) • L’Avant Comptoir (fun, tiny, standing room only wine bar) • Maison du Whisky (multi-story shop devoted to whisky, spirits, and tastings) • Patrice Chapon (single origin chocolate mousse bar) • Patrick Roger (master chocolate maker and chocolate artist) • Marché Saint Germain (covered market with high quality purveyors) • Castor Club (intimate, hidden cocktail bar) • Maison Beaufrere (beautiful flower bouquets) • Polidor (traditional French food and old Hemingway haunt) • Arnaud Lahrer (award winning pastry chef) • Le Bon Marché (upscale department store) • La Derniere Goutte (wine shop with wine classes in English) • Cour du Commerce Saint André (charming cobble stone street with Maison Bremond 1830 and Un Dimanche à Paris • and the city’s oldest restaurant Le Procop.
81. South Pigalle
Edgy, up-and-coming neighborhood that’s a mix of great bars, nightlife, low key yet upscale residential areas, and former red light district. Popular with hipsters, foodies, and young families. Becoming more of a tourist destination with boutique hotels and cool restaurants opening up in the area. On the border of Montmartre and walking distance to Sacré-Cœur and the Moulin Rouge.
Best Stuff: Rue des Martyrs (foodie street with numerous award winning shops) • Buvette (small plates restaurant) • Friday night farmers market at Anvers • Dirty Dick (tiki themed bar) • Artisan (great cocktails) • Le Carmen (dance club) • Maison Kitsune (ultra-trendy boutique) • L’entrée des Artistes (airy, art deco space with live music and food).
82. The Marais
Trendiest neighborhood in Paris with a young, cool vibe. Popular with hipsters, fashionistas, and the bourgeois bohemian set. Known for shopping (small boutiques vs. department stores), bars, nightlife, galleries, gay culture, and its former Jewish district. Very central and walkable from Saint Germain and the 1st.
Best Stuff: Rue des Rosier with its mix of hip boutiques, Jewish delis, and the famous L’as du Fallafel • the Marché des Enfants Rouges (farmers market with food stalls) • Merci (chic home and clothing store) • BHV (department store favored by Parisians) • Georges (drinks on top of the Centre Pompidou) • Tout Autour du Pain (best baguettes and croissants in Paris) • Jacques Genin (chocolates and caramels) • La Belle Hortense (bookstore and wine bar) • Le Mary Celeste (fun oyster and cocktail bar) • Candelaria (taco joint with a hidden speakeasy in the back).
Up in the hills on the northern edge of Paris, Montmartre has panoramic views and a peaceful charm. With its pretty tree-lined streets, Montmartre is out of the central throng, yet easily connected to rest of the city via metro or bus.
Best Stuff: Sacré-Cœur • Gontran Cherrier (innovative baker known for things like his squid ink baguettes) • Arnaud Lahrer (award winning pastry chef) • Le Grand 8 (traditional French restaurant with a view) • Lapin Agile (cabaret favored by Parisians) • Moulin Rouge (famous cabaret) • Place du Tertre (café-lined square where artists set up with their easels) • Hardware Société (great breakfast spot with good coffee).
84. Latin Quarter
Paris’s oldest neighborhood is a mix of charming cobblestone streets, cheap student hangouts, and quiet residential areas. Many parts have a village like feel which make it calmer than its neighbor Saint Germain.
Best Stuff: Shakespeare & Company (legendary bookstore) • Le Caveau de la Huchette (well-known jazz club) • Laurent Dubois (excellent cheese shop) • the open air market at Place Monge • Rue Mouffetard (the main artery with lots of shops, cafés, and restaurants).
85. The 1st
Hyper central, great district for first time visitors with lots of landmarks, restaurants, wine bars, and shopping.
Best Stuff: The Louvre • The Tuileries Gardens • Bar Hemingway inside the Ritz Carlton (voted to have the best bartender in the world) • Palais Royal (pretty gardens lined with a shopping arcade) • Café Kitsune (inside the Palais Royal, good coffee) • shopping along the posh Rue Saint Honoré • E. Dehillerin (old school cookware shop) • Juveniles (cozy wine shop and restaurant) • Verjus Restaurant and its Wine Bar (get the tasting menu at the restaurant, or small plates at the bar downstairs) • La Bourse et La Vie (classic French cooking from a celebrity chef) • Yam’Tcha (excellent Chinese influenced French food).
86. The 11th
Mix of hipster, residential, and young professionals. Known for its excellent restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Just on the border of the Marais, and walkable to the center.
Best Stuff: the areas around Oberkampf and Rue de la Roquette for tons of bars with a fun, young vibe, Aux Deux Amis (low key yet fashionable natural wine bar) • Pierre Sang (Korean-French chef with several restaurants in the area) • Septime (impeccable food though hard to book) • Le Perchoir (great views and drinks) • Bistrot Paul Bert (classic French food at its best) • Le Chateaubriand (voted one of the top ten restaurants in the world) • Clown Bar (popular wine bar and small plates restaurant) • Bastille Market.